Yesterday we mentioned that the electric racing car meant to take on the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb from VW was unveiled. The car was very cool, and we had some official images and details on the car from the PR. Some new information has now turned up about the car and the driver.
Interestingly diver Romain Dumas got his first glimpse of the car at the official unveiled just as the rest of us did. He will be testing the car at a racing track in Ales ahead of the car heading to Colorado in a few weeks. The goal is to beat the EV record set in 2016 by Rhys Millen of 8:57.118.
This is a big challenge as that record holding EV had 1,600hp and 1,659 lb-ft of torque. VW says that its car is lighter and has better aero. The battery cells in the car are air-cooled, which is no surprise considering it’s often below freezing at the top of Pikes Peak in June. VW has also fit the car with an oxygen bottle for the driver, the altitude in Colorado is hard on those not accustomed to it and even people who live in the state can get light headed atop Pikes Peak.